Newry votes to form school withdrawal committee

Newry residents voted 82-60 Wednesday to form a school withdrawal committee to craft a plan for the town to potentially withdraw from SAD 44, according to Town Administrator Loretta Powers. As part of the approval vote, residents also okayed spending up to $50,000 to create the withdrawal plan, which would include both an educational plan […]

I Believe on the AT

'I Believe' at the gazebo in Andover.

(Note: Cherri Crockett writes this about her encounter in Andover with an Appalachian Trail hiker.) On Jan. 19 of this year, 62-year old ‘I Believe’ (Sherry Spillman), born and raised in Tennessee, made this entry into her trail journal, answering the age-old question of why she wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. “I guess you […]

Oct. 4 public supper will support ‘Smile Fund’

A public Turkey Supper will take place Saturday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m. for the Smile Fund, the local denture program for adults in the SAD 44 region who are working or seeking work, at the West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel. The menu is turkey and all the fixings, homemade pies and homemade rolls for […]

‘Thinking Caps and Other Accessories’ opening at Owen Gallery


Gould Academy will welcome Portland artist Crystal Cawley to its Owen Art Gallery Sept. 26 through Oct. 15. Cawley’s exhibit, entitled “Thinking Caps & Other Accessories” will be featured as part of Gould Academy’s annual Alumni Weekend (Sept. 26 – 28) and is scheduled to open on Friday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. […]

Andover, Newry school withdrawal votes are WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24

Andover and Newry voters go to the polls Wednesday, Sept. 24 to decide separate school withdrawal issues. For Andover, it’s whether or not to actually withdraw from SAD 44. A 2/3 majority of those voting is required. For Newry, it’s whether or not to study the option of withdrawal and prepare an educational/financial plan for […]

Satellite Ski Museum planned for Bethel

Ski school at Mt. Abram

The Ski Museum of Maine is expanding. Next spring the Museum plans to establish a satellite museum in Bethel, according to a press release. Like the museum’s primary site in Kingfield, the Bethel location will exhibit artifacts, photographs, artwork and documents taken from Maine’s rich alpine and nordic ski heritage. The Oxford County region of […]

Bethel Library to host antiques appraisal fair

On Friday, Oct. 17 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Mobile Appraisal Coach will roll into Bethel for an antiques appraisal fundraiser event hosted by the Bethel Library. Local participants will receive instant, onsite valuations by appraisers Kaja Veilleux and John D. Bottero for antique or collectible items brought to the […]

Join the West Paris Pumpkin Run

The West Paris PTO is excited to be organizing our second annual fundraising event, the West Paris Pumpkin Run. On Sunday, Oct. 19, the school will host this community event that will include a 5K race, mile walk and 1-mile fun run. Last year’s event was a huge success with over 200 participants. This year […]

West Paris Library celebrates forest heritage

WPL Logging photos & books

By Amy Chapman For nearly a year, the Arthur L. Mann Library in West Paris has been celebrating every aspect of the Maine woods, offering programs to promote awareness of our forests’ historic and ongoing role in industry, recreation, art, and literature. Snowshoeing on local trails, exhibits of paintings and photographs, and free evening events […]

The Changing Nature of Glaciated Landscapes

The Mahoosuc Land Trust will conclude its 2014 speaker series with a presentation on “The Changing Nature of Glaciated Landscapes,” a slide and discussion program by Bob Elliott about glacial features in the area, focused on the “Ancestral Androscoggin Esker.” The program is from 7 to 8 p.m., Sept. 24, in the McLaughlin Science Center […]